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The Conservatory



Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624-1996


The Garfield Park Conservatory is open year round.


Daily Hours: 9 am - 5 pm Wednesdays: 9 am – 8 pm



Admission is FREE! We do ask for a suggested donation during some special events and exhibits. Please check the Shows and Events page for more information.



(312) 746-5100



(773) 638-1777  



Become A Member


The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, a non-profit organization, strengthens community through the unique combination of the Garfield Park Conservatory Campus, other botanical resources, and the engagement of community members.

With its innovative programs, the Alliance enhances the environmental, social and economic vitality of Chicago’s West Side and encourages the larger community to explore the fundamental connection between plants and lif
e. Membership in the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance supports one of Chicago's great botanical resources.

So step into our world and step into another place and time, where it's always warm and lush, where you will be surrounded by some of the most historic and dramatic architecture of our time.



Visitors Please Note


All visitors to the Garfield Park Conservatory, and to Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance events and programs, may be photographed and/or filmed by staff or hired photographers.

These photographs and videos may be used in Chicago Park District and/or Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance printed materials, on our website, and/or in other Conservatory promotional materials. Your attendance serves as consent to be photographed and/or filmed.





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News and Upcoming Events


Back to Glass: Watch as one of the city’s most important glass structures is restored, expect some room closures


We invite you to join us as we bring our historic greenhouses back to glass! Certain rooms will be renovated in 2014 and 2015, and will be closed to the public during that time. Currently the Palm House, Sugar from the Sun, the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden and Horticulture Hall are all open. The Fern Room, Desert House, Show House and Aroid House are currently closed for renovations. Learn more about the renovations and what areas are open ... MORE


Beer Under Glass Beer Under Glass
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - "Join Us Rain or Shine!"


Celebrate the return of spring with the return of Beer Under Glass! This year’s Beer Under Glass will again be brought to you in partnership with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Enjoy the Conservatory at night as you sip inventive brews from some of Chicagoland’s hottest craft breweries in your souvenir glass. Popular local restaurants will serve up tasty small plates. Beer Under Glass was ranked second by Chicago Beer Geeks in their “12 Most Awesome Chicagoland Events in 2012 and 2013” ... MORE


Spring Flower Display
Through Sunday, May 11, 2014


The cold weather in Chicago may be here for a while, but the Garfield Park Conservatory is getting ready for spring! Azaleas and camellias will make their debut in February, and will be joined later in the spring by hydrangeas. We all need some spring cheer, so we hope you will come by to bask in the colors ... MORE

June 12, 2014


Don’t miss Fleurotica2014! Our haute couture runway show, where all designs are made of live plants and flowers, returns to the Conservatory this year. Visit for all the details!


Weekend in the Path of Flowers: An Ephemeral Exhibition of Japanese Flower Arranging Saturday, May 3 and Sunday May 4, 2014


The exhibition will be viewable from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday May 3, and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday May 4. Demonstrations will be held at Noon and 2:00 pm each day. These 30-minute Ikebana demonstrations are accompanied by an explanation of the principles of Japanese flower arranging and a question and answer session. Established in the Rokkakudo Temple in Kyoto, Japan over 1000 years ago ... MORE


Spring Seedling Sale
Sunday, May 4, 2014


Come to the Garfield Park Conservatory to jump-start your spring with seedlings for your garden. We will have trusted staples and eclectic heirlooms. Plants include but are not limited to kale, chard, greens, squash, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, herbs, and melons! All proceeds benefit the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.... MORE


New Double Coconut Palm Has SproutedNew Double Coconut Palm Has Sprouted


We are proud to announce the birth of our new Double Coconut Palm! A new seed was received from the Seychelles Islands in August 2012 and was planted in the Palm House. It has now sprouted and is growing rapidly. This new sprout replaces our original Double Coconut Palm, which sadly died in 2011 after being the star attraction in the Palm House for 45 years. Stop by to see our new addition growing strong ... MORE


Hold Your Next Event at the Garfield Park Conservatory!


How luxurious to be able to take your guests to a tropical paradise and you don't have to fly to get there! The Garfield Park Conservatory provides a lush, warm, tropical setting as fragrant as any resort in the islands for weddings, meetings, birthday parties, showers, you name it! With separate space dedicated to events, seasonal decor and a children's garden, it's perfect for large or small occasions. No sunscreen required!... MORE


Beautification on Boulevard in Front of the Conservatory


A number of improvements will be made to the boulevard in front of the Garfield Park Conservatory through fall 2014. The Chicago Park District will be removing older, dying trees and planting new shade and flowering trees. There will still be plenty of grassy space left on the boulevard for families to play, rest and enjoy!


Conservatory Chosen as a Winner in Concierge Preferred’s Annual Chicago Concierge Favorites Awards


The Garfield Park Conservatory was chosen as a winner in Concierge Preferred’s annual “Chicago Concierge Favorites Awards” by Chicago’s concierge community. Over 700 concierges voted and the Garfield Park Conservatory was named one of the top destinations in Chicago in their “Culture and Attractions” category ... MORE


Garfield Park Conservatory Named Among Best Urban Green Spaces


Garfield Park Conservatory is honored to be named one of the "best urban green spaces in North America" by USA Today, along with the Chicago Lakefront … MORE


Artist at ConservatoryGarfield Park Conservatory Listed Among Places that Recharge and Inspire


The Huffington Post listed Garfield Park Conservatory among the best spaces in Chicago to go when you need to recharge and feel inspired. Visit us when you need a pick-me-up during the cold Chicago winter! … MORE


Fleurotica2013 Awarded “Most Innovative Fundraiser”
by Make It Better Foundation


The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is honored to accept the “Most Innovative Fundraiser” award for Fleurotica2013 from the Make It Better Foundation. Watch the amazing video the Make It Better Foundation created for us by clicking here.


Items Made from Conservatory Broken Glass
For Sale in Gift Shop


The broken glass collected in the Conservatory after the 2011 hail storm is being put to good use. Local artists have created works of art with the glass, keeping the original whitewash coating intact, which are now on sale in the Gift Shop at the Conservatory. Glass bowls made by artist Bryan Northup are available for $100 to $250. All proceeds from these pieces will help the rebuilding efforts. Visit our Gift Shop and take home a piece of Conservatory history!


eachers Enhance Your School Field TripTeachers Enhance Your School Field Trip


Teachers are invited to lead their groups through the collection of the Conservatory at no cost. Or they may enhance their existing curricula by reserving an Exploration Kit to use within the unique and exotic plant collection that is found at one of the world’s largest conservatories ... MORE


Volunteer at the Garfield Park Conservatory! Volunteer at the Garfield Park Conservatory!


Enjoy the beautiful, lush surroundings of the Garfield Park Conservatory while sharing your time and skills as a volunteer. Opportunities abound! The Conservatory is undergoing a revitalization of its buildings and programs. We are looking for motivated and committed volunteers of all ages to lend a hand and share their skills. Join our team today ... MORE